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Home Buying : The drama, dilemma and true costs.
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Home Buying : The drama, dilemma and true costs.

We are a DINK (Dual Income No Kids) couple on work visas in the USA. Within this amazing country, we have moved for our jobs, we have moved to be with each other and we have moved for the weather. For the past 3 years though – we have lived in the same apartment that is 1 mile down the road from our place-of-work and we have adopted a beautiful dog. One could say that we are enjoying our lives. Being that we are finance conscious, our friends (home-owners) have repeatedly asked us about our intentions on home buying. The thought does have its merits – after all who doesn’t like the idea of pride of ownership, the idea of putting your stamp on a place, the idea of a white kitchen with a large island, the idea that our fur baby will have an entire backyard to run around, the idea of ...
Those Miscellaneous Home owner Expenses
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Those Miscellaneous Home owner Expenses

The other day, I ran into my colleague at work who was dejected that he did not know pest control charges on his new home was 500$. He had closed on his new home just the week before and I just did not have the heart to point out the other expenses heading his way. We have also run into a lot of folks who think that just because they can afford to stay in an apartment where monthly Rent = 1500$, it means that they can afford a Mortgage of 1500$ per month. When we did the research for our buy vs rent scenario, we came up with so many other costs associated with home ownership that it blew our minds. Below are some of the annual costs that we came across: Charge TypeAnnual Cost ($)Mortgage Insurance1200Property Tax4000Home Insurance1000Utilities3000HOA660Pest control500Yard Care350Was...